Now that winter is here…

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The East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning motorists that winter weather can change very quickly placing extra demands on your vehicle and driving skills. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots can be icy, slippery and hazardous. Be aware that even though the pavement appears bare, there could be black ice.  Driving according to conditions could save your life or the lives of others.

During inclement weather you have less time to stop, or react.  Here are a few Winter Safety Tips:

  • Slowing down and leaving more room between vehicles will improve your ability to avoid a collision.
  • Take a moment to check your tires to see if they need to be replaced.  Not sure, have them checked by a professional.
  • Leave earlier for your normal day to day destinations.
  • Take a moment to ensure your vehicle is ready for winter.  Consider winter tires, safety kit, extra winter clothing, and enough winter rated windshield washer fluid.
  • Always clear snow and ice from your windows, lights, mirrors and roof.  Wait for fog on your windows to clear so you will have good visibility. Ensure you have an ice scraper/snow brush in your vehicle at all times.

Preventable winter collisions in large part can be attributed to driving too fast for the conditions.  By staying vigilant and being prepared, all drivers can be part of the solution to a safe winter driving experience.

“Now that winter conditions are here, slow down so as to increase your reaction time.” shares Staff Sergeant Richard Riopelle.

Please do not call the O.P.P. Provincial Communication Centres or the OPP detachment for road advisory updates or road condition information.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at ontario.ca/511, twitter @511Ontario or call 511 traveller’s information such as winter road conditions, construction reports, road closures, traffic reports, traffic cameras and interactive mapping.